Udupi: Five types of antibiotics found in rivers Netravati, Swarna

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Udupi, Aug 29: Five types of antibiotics have been found in rivers Netravati and Swarna, on which people of coastal Karnataka are heavily dependent on.

This information is contained in a report prepared by a team of experts from the Manipal Institute of Technology, Christ Engineering College Irinjalakuda Kerala, Waterloo University Canada and Japan National Institute after conducting a study about the quality of water of these rivers during the last six to seven years. It has been found that water from these rivers contain trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, cloranfenicol, septiaone and neprain, which are harmful for human beings in the long run.

Netravti river (file photo)

Water samples from Swarna river were collected at six spots from Baje dam till the river reaches the sea. In Netravati river, water samples were collected at six places between Thumbe dam and Bolar. Compared to Swarna river, antibiotic content is higher in Netravati river.

Antibiotics could have got mixed with the river water on account of urine of people consuming antibiotics, some soaps, hand washes, insecticides, and untreated effluents of some factories would have given rise to this phenomenon. As compared to monsoon months, these traces are found more during the summer months.

K Balakrishna, professor in the department of geology, Manipal Institute of Technology, says that as of now the antibiotic content has not reached a dangerous level but there are chances of sea creatures getting harmed. Therefore, he feels that the environment pollution department should ensure that effluents are treated before releasing into the river. He said that the possibility of removing antibiotic radiation is being studied at Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He also wants the doctors to study the effect of such water on human bodies.




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  • Rohit, Manipal

    Sun, Aug 30 2020

    A friend has told me he has seen a hospital disposing biowaste into the river at night at Kundapura. There is a species of fish fully wiped out recently. (irpe/pearls pot).

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  • Gops, Karkala

    Sun, Aug 30 2020

    This is where indians are lagging.only blame games and hatred on other religions and other people.no one does self realisation. I agree dead bodies pollute water, but its matter of only river Ganga. what about other rivers you are not talking about.now all rivers are polluted not because of dead bodies or one religion you brothers. It is because of over population and lot industrial waste chemicals. You people please stop comforts which you are getting from all appliances you use,vehicles,reduce electricity consumption,reduce vehicle pollution,reduce food wastage, medicines then nature will heal on its own.

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  • griffith, kulai

    Sun, Aug 30 2020

    Our people compare river to mother,and they dont treat both well.Present people Just for name sake and show off sake they say rich culture etc,but deep in heart 80% are selfish and yenkleg problem ijjata type mentality..

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  • R.L, udupi/usa

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Example of Swachh bharat.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    .. one of the leading edible oil manufacturer of India in Bikampady area is silently releasing untreated acidic water into Gurupura river since many year. KSPCB is blind about it.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Is cleaning of rivers in Modi's Atma Nirbhar campaign?????.....Bangalore lakes are filled with foams from pollution and catches fire every now and then. Tributaries of Ganges have persistent polluted black foam on thier banks. No Atma is bothered about this Nirbhar only Paramatma can save us.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Veer, Nagpur, Unless we come out of our age old traditions of disposing half burnt bodies and ash in the river, we can not be able to come out of this. Why cant we dispose them in our own wells...??? Ash is good for plants and not for fish.

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  • Sam, Bengaluru

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Its very dumb of you to even say this. Lets not bring religion into this I can say much more here about it. Do you think bodies are disposed in thr rivers and that what causing this in thise rivers?

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Shocking it might sound but it is a fact that half burnt dead human bodies found flowing in Ganges. Chech your news about sources of pollution in Ganges.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 30 2020

    Veer Nagpur, that was during your party's rule. Now the river Ganga is clean.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Blame it all on Suicides ...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    If the Government sidelines our own Ayurveda and support only western medicines for their own benefit, this will happen for sure.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sat, Aug 29 2020

    Good luck finding Ayurvedic medication for serious illness.

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